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The Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense is for students who have an interest in and a desire to prepare for jobs related to homeland security and homeland defense. As employment opportunities expand in the private sector and at all levels of the public sector, alumni of this program will be well-positioned to serve as administrators, executives, analysts, and consultants in the growing homeland security/homeland defense field. The homeland defense courses have been offered to military, DOD employees, and defense contractors since August 2003. Beginning in the fall of 2004, the program became available to interested community members.

Course Curriculum

A Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense consists of four required classes.
These courses are designed to be taken in the order in which they appear below:
  • PAD/CJ 5950: Introduction to Homeland Defense
  • PAD/CJ 5951: Interagency Relationships in Homeland Security and Homeland Defense
  • PAD/CJ 5957: Understanding the Threat
  • PAD/CJ 5952: Protection of Critical Infrastructure

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